The Naturmend Blog

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5 Ways to Prepare for an Uncertain Fall

The only thing which seems certain about this fall is uncertainty. While I’m confident there will still be yellow leaves, chilly mornings and random snow storms, fall 2020 brings up so many questions. How will schools in session impact us?  Will our Covid-19 numbers rise? Will it all work out... Continue Reading

The Role of Vitamin D in Infection

When it comes to infections, vitamin D holds an enviable place. The vitamin’s central role in immunity has been the topic of numerous scientific publications. We now know that vitamin D is an immunomodulatory hormone that increases the production of proteins used by immune cells to destroy and... Continue Reading

Let your Kids Eat Dirt: The Immune System & Balance

With the spread of the Covid virus, it’s becoming second nature to sanitize and sterilize any surface that we come in contact with.This, of course, is important to keep ourselves and others safe from this new virus but what is the impact that these measures are having on our children’s... Continue Reading

Mike’s Foundational Fitness Model: Feel Better Through Movement

Before we begin, please understand that this is a model I have created on what I perceive to be the successful hierarchy of introduction into fitness and movement. I use a lot of home construction analogies, so bear with me on that front. There are a ton of great models by some very intelligent... Continue Reading

Our Seniors & Loneliness: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help

What You Need to Know… The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for most, thus far. We have all been impacted physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Fortunately, during this time of social & physical distancing, a lot of us are trying to stay connected over social media,... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Express Self Care

We hear about self-care all the time. What does this look like? It doesn’t always mean a bath, a massage, a sweet treat, time with friends or time alone. But, it definitely can! To me, self-care means tending to what you need INTERNALLY. Here are my 5 tips for self-care: Set boundaries. The... Continue Reading

These Times, They Are Crazy: Dealing with Isolation with Dr. Brunel

Isolation is an effective and well proven infection control strategy. During an epidemic, the isolation and treatment of infected patients together with the quarantining of those who could have been infected represent the most effective control measures. Unfortunately, it is also expected that... Continue Reading

Naturopathic Approach to Anxiety

Heart pounding in your chest, panicky breathing, spiraling thoughts, inability to sleep, looms of doubt. These are just some of the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety, on its own, is not an issue.  It’s the physiologic basis of fight or flight which evolutionarily protects us.  In current day,... Continue Reading

Holiday Angst: How to Handle Unsolicited Advice from Relatives

The holidays are a time when many families get together with the unspoken hope that they can achieve a happy family holiday. These holidays are also a prime time for helpful relatives to give free advice. “You should get a boyfriend. You’re running out of time to get married, you... Continue Reading

The Emotional Peaks And Valleys Of The Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and with that may come a multitude of thoughts, emotions and feelings. These may change from moment to moment, day to day, week to week. The most important thing to remember as they come and go, is to simply honour how you are feeling. What does that mean exactly?... Continue Reading